2015 Governor’s Cup Highlights
More than 3,000 people participated in Governor’s Cup events and represented 31 states and four countries.
Missoula’s Collin Fehr, who won the marathon in 2014 and the half marathon in 2012, added his third Cup victory with an event and course record of 1:10:08 in the men’s half marathon. The University of Montana distance coach’s record broke the 37-year-old event mark of 1:10:45 set in 1978 by Orville Hess and the course record of 1:10:48 by Jim Walmsley from 2014.
Helena’s Heather Lieberg notched her third Cup record with a new standard of 35:23.7 in the women’s 10K—beating Nicole Hunt’s mark of 36:10 from 2005. In 2013, Lieberg ran a record 2:45:59 marathon, and in 2014, she added the top mark in the half marathon with a time of 1:17:25. The elementary school teacher and mother of three is the second person to hold three records at one time, joining Hunt, who owned the 5K, 10K and 20K (now the half marathon) records at the same time.
Hunt may have seen her record in the 10K fall, but the Warm Springs resident added her record 10th victory in the 5K with a time of 18:23.7. And it’s worth noting, Hunt still owns that event record with a time of 17:11 from 2003.
Men’s marathon: Mike Knutson, Baker City, Ore., 2:34:16
Women’s marathon: Sarah Hallas, Santa Rosa, Calif., 2:57:15 (sixth all-time)
Men’s 10K: Dontae Baker, Helena, 35:33.4
Men’s 5K: Matthew Choquette, Butte, 16:48.8